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Stars, Bulldogs end regular season with win

Posted: Monday, February 05, 2001

The Soldotna hockey team completed its regular season late Saturday night at the Soldotna Sports Center with a 3-0 North Star Conference victory over rival Skyview.

The Stars finish with a 8-1-1 record in the conference and a 17-4-1 record overall, good for second in the conference.

Skyview ties for fourth in the conference with Wasilla, posting a 2-6-2 conference record and 7-8-3 overall record.

Senior defenseman John Gleason had a hand in all of Soldotna's goals Saturday, notching a goal and two assists.

"John Gleason played the game of the year," Soldotna coach Pat Nolden said. "Defensively, he was real strong and made all of the right decisions.

"Offensively, he had a goal and two assists."

The Stars outshot the Panthers 36-13, but Skyview goalie Mike Bell was able to keep his team in the game.

"Mike Bell played real well for them in the net," Nolden said. "It was hard to get one by him."

Kelly Gee posted the shutout for Soldotna, while Eric Newby and Mike McIntosh were credited for goals.

STARS 3, PANTHERS 0

Skyview 0 0 0 -- 0

Soldotna 1 1 1 -- 3

First period -- 1. Soldotna, Eric Newby (Peter Kim, John Gleason), 6:19. Penalties -- Skyview 3 for 6:00; Soldotna 2 for 4:00.

Second period -- 2. Soldotna, John Gleason (Anthony Murray, Blaine Johnson), 6:17. Penalties -- Soldotna 1 for 2:00.

Third period -- 3. Soldotna, Mike McIntosh (Eric Newby, John Gleason), 5:06. Penalties -- Skyview 2 for 7:00; Soldotna 1 for 2:00.

Shots -- Skyview 5-6-2--13; Soldotna 14-11-11--36.

Goalies -- Skyview, Mike Bell (36 shots, 33 saves); Soldotna, Kelly Gee (13 shots, 13 saves).

Nikiski 4, Homer 1

Nikiski seniors Quincy Bird, Seth Tauriainen, Daniel Gerhauser, David DeShong and Tobias Myer stepped off the ice for the last time at Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink with the pleasant taste of victory in their mouths.

The Bulldogs defeated the Mariners Friday in a nonconference game that ended Nikiski's regular season with a 5-16-1 record.

Homer netted the first goal of the game 1 minute, 28 seconds, into the first period, but after that it was all Bulldogs. Bird, unassisted, and Josh Pepper, assisted by Lex Litzen, both scored at the end of the first period to give the lead to Nikiski.

Meanwhile, Bulldogs netminder Jonathen Parnell was settling down in front of a stiff defense. Parnell made 12 saves on 13 shots.

In the third period, the Bulldogs put the game away with goals from Chris Pepper, assisted by Josh Pepper and Brad Harrison, and Tauriainen, assisted by Bird and Brett Allemann.

Nikiski will take a couple of weeks off before playing in the small-schools state tournament, starting Feb. 16 and Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

BULLDOGS 4, MARINERS 1

Homer 1 0 0 -- 1

Nikiski 2 0 2 -- 4

First period -- 1. Homer, Ricciain Ginseppe (Ivan Bucher), 1:28; 2. Nikiski, Quincy Bird (unassisted), 10:26; 3. Nikiski, Josh Pepper (Lex Litzen), 10:47. Penalties -- Homer 1 for 2:00; Nikiski 2 for 4:00.

Second period -- none. Penalties -- Homer 2 for 4:00; Nikiski 2 for 4:00.

Third period -- 4. Nikiski, Chris Pepper (Josh Pepper, Brad Harrison), 10:56; 5. Nikiski, Seth Tauriainen (Quincy Bird, Brett Allemann), 11:24. Penalties -- Homer 2 for 4:00.

Shots on goal -- Homer 4-3-6-13; Nikiski 11-12-14-37.

Goalies -- Homer, Garrett Myers (37 shots, 33 saves); Nikiski, Jonathen Parnell (13 shots, 12 saves).



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